Girls and Violence

An Exploration of the Gender Gap in Serious Delinquent Behavior
  • Meda Chesney-Lind
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series


It is a timeworn assumption that males and females differ radically in their delinquency. Indeed, “real” delinquency was once thought to be an exclusively male preserve. Albert Cohen, in his widely cited work, Delinquent Boys, provides one of the clearest academic articulations of this position. Because “boys collect stamps and girls collect boys,” Cohen felt it followed that the “problems of adjustment of men and women, of boys and girls, arise out of quite different circumstances and press for quite different solutions.” The delinquent, he concluded, was essentially “a rogue male” (Cohen, 1955, p. 140).


Delinquent Behavior Juvenile Justice System Violent Offense Female Youth Traditional Male 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meda Chesney-Lind
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  1. 1.Youth Development and Research CenterUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA

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